New Roots recently opened its newly refurbished accommodation to support homeless and vulnerable young people in Nottinghamshire. Here, Christie and Casey, two of the young people New Roots support, share their stories.
“I’d be on the streets if New Roots weren’t here. I’d have nowhere to live. I couldn’t be in fostering anymore so I came to New Roots in February. I moved into shared accommodation and it’s nothing like I’d expected it to be.
"I didn’t think I’d like it, I didn’t think I’d talk to the people but it’s so much better than what I thought. You do make friends and it’s like living with your mates.
“We get a lot of help. My support worker Joy is like a best friend. There’s nothing I can’t tell her and she’s not serious about things.
"There are always people at New Roots even if your support worker’s not available, just to help you out really. Whether it’s moving in or talking about your friends, they will help you with anything.
“I’m moving in to the new building today. I’ve got my own flat; it’s got everything I need. I’ve got my own kitchen and a bath. I’ve got space. I’m independent and I can do it on my own.”
“I was pregnant when I first went to New Roots. If New Roots hadn’t helped me the way they did when Sofia arrived I don’t think I’d have been able to cope.
“At New Roots there’s always somebody there if you need them. They showed me how to get stuff prepared, how to bath my daughter and how to make bottles.
“It was helpful having someone behind me supporting me in that way, because my family didn’t do anything like that. If I hadn’t found New Roots I don’t know where I’d be.
“Sofia is now 6 months old. It’s rare I phone them now as I know I can manage and do it myself. I feel stronger now.”
“I spent 6 months on the street in Mansfield and 8 months on the street in Nottingham. I’ve moved around the country a lot.
“I came to New Roots as I couldn’t live with my mum any longer. I’d been living with her for about seven months but she was having difficulties. I talked with a care worker and said I needed to move. I wasn’t even supposed to be going into supported accommodation. I didn’t realise how badly I actually needed this.
“I’m in a one bedroom house which was set up with everything I needed when I moved in. New Roots have helped me with my debt and money management as well as supported me to stay sober. When I was working they helped me with getting to and from work. They’ve helped me with everything I need really.
“I’m able to get involved in activities at New Roots and have done a few trips out. I helped out the handy man yesterday taking a few things to the tip.
“My hopes for the future are to join the armed forces, so with a bit of luck I’ll get in.”